SSD+HDD or SSD alone

May 18, 2018 3:26AM PDT

I've purchased i7-8750 GTX1060 16GB RAM laptop from metabox without OS.
I've given to choose at the same price between:
- 250GB SSD + 1TB 5400RPM HDD
- Crucial MX500 500GB SATA3 M.2 SSD on its own

Any advice which is better for 3d rendering/CAD drafting purpose?

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Well that machine has 3 slots
May 18, 2018 8:09AM PDT

for dives and Best Buy has 1TB for 65 dollars. So you can add lots of space in future for a cheap price so i would go for 500 GB SSD.

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For Me: 250GB SSD + 1TB 5400RPM HDD
May 18, 2018 12:06PM PDT

I have my 4 years old DELL Latitude 7000 series laptop with this type of configuration. The difference is I have 128GB M.2 SSD and 500GB HDD. I work with few major CAD and 3D software including AutoCAD 2015, 3ds Max 2015, Revit 2017, Solidworks 2013, Sketchup 2017, Adobe CS6 (PS, AI, ID, AE, DW, FL), MS Office 2016. These program installed on a 128GB SSD with Win10 is good to go.

Working files, videos, downloads, rendering destination folder will all be directed to folders in HDD.

P/S: I installed library (& Materials) files for Revit 2017, Solidworks 2013 on Hard Drive to save some hot storage space.

IMO, if you don't plan to spend a buck on upgrading this machine in next 3 years, 250GB SSD + 1TB 5400RPM HDD is a good choice.

Please let me know what you think.

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Post was last edited on May 18, 2018 3:39 PM PDT

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Go with 250GB SSD + 1TB 5400RPM HDD
May 28, 2018 11:41PM PDT

This is the best combination for your laptop. You can carry out your rendering work with any lag using the 250GB SSD. And for other storage requirements of videos, songs, movies and pictures use the 1TB HDD.

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